New Zealand born producer, rapper, singer, songwriter, KINGS (Kingdon Chapple - Wilson) burst onto the music scene in 2016 with the release of his single, ‘Don’t Worry ‘Bout It’. The track went on to become the biggest local release that year and surpassed the record for longest #1 on the New Zealand Singles Chart, spending 33 consecutive weeks at the top.
In late 2017, Kings returned, displaying his musical dexterity with his independently released debut album, ‘Chapter One’. Featuring the hits ‘We’ll Never Know’, ‘Domino’ and ‘In The Sun’, the album has clocked up over 4 million streams across its 13 tracks.
Not one for complacency, Kings quickly followed it up with his second album ‘TWO’, in early 2018, which featured the singles 'You Do' and ‘Temporary Me’. In less than six months the album clocked up over 4 million (7.5 million to date) streams and has seen Kings appear on the APRA Silver Scroll Award top twenty list for ‘Temporary Me’. Kings has also spent time collaborating with artists such as Ria Hall, MELODOWNZ and Jon Toogood’s The Adults.
In late 2018, Kings released his third album, ‘LOV3 & 3GO’, which featured the hits ‘6 Figures’ and ‘ALIV3’. The lead single, ‘6 Figures’, hit gold status just three months after being independently release and is now currently sitting at platinum status, in less than a year.
Also in 2018, Kings, alongside Josh Fountain, had the honour to be one of the first artists to be authorised to rework Run DMC’s classic ‘It’s Tricky’, for the Air NZ inflight safety video.
Not just dominant in the studio, KINGS has become one of Aotearoa’s most in demand live acts, performing at some of the country’s biggest events and festivals, including Homegrown, Rhythm and Vines, One Love, Bay Dreams, Electric Coastline and Soundsplash. He also performed as part of the 2017 British and Irish Lions tour, at the Wellington Sevens, ASB Tennis Classic and supported Six60 and Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz on their summer tour.
Over the last three years, Kings has received nine Pacific Music awards and three Tui’s from the Vodafone Music Awards. These awards include – Best Breakthrough Artist, Best Male Artist, Best Producer, Best Song and awards recognising his streaming success over all platforms.
Despite a seemingly overnight success, Kingdon has been on the grind since 2010, producing music under his self-run label Arch Angel Records. His studio is based out of Awataha marae, which was built by his grandfather, ground-breaking Maori artist Arnold Manaaki Wilson, and managed by his father Anthony Wilson.
KINGS had previously been providing his music production services for companies around the world for use in commercials, television and film. He first learned the skills of his trade from completing a foundation year course at MAINZ. Taking what he had learned in commercial music production, KINGS embarked on his solo career in the mid- 2010s, making a name for himself on a number of tracks with some of New Zealand’s finest electronic producers including Dan Aux, General Lee, and Jolyon Petch.
In 2019, Kings has now set his sights on hitting overseas, starting with local shows in Australia. Performing at TRL on MTV Australia being the most recent interaction with the Australian audience.